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Revis tried to play the Jets against the Pats

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Yes, the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis talked about a reunion, before Revis selected the Patriots.  Before news broke of the deal, Brian Costello of the New York Post shared an interesting twist.

The discussions with the Jets were initiated not by the Jets but by Revis.  The goal, per Costello, was to gauge the team’s potential interest in a homecoming.

The overture had only one logical purpose:  To spark a bidding war between the Jets and the Patriots.

A year ago, the Jets traded Revis in part because they feared that, upon becoming a free agent in 2014, Revis would have made a beeline for Foxboro.  Once he was free to do it, Revis understandably wanted to see what it would be worth to the Jets to keep that from happening.

It’s business.  Smart business.  A seller with one potential buyer gets less than one with two.  Especially if the two are arch rivals who don’t really like each other very much.

It’s unknown whether the Jets offered more than the Patriots, whether the Jets offered anything, or whether the Patriots increased their offer to fend off the Jets.  But Revis has never shown a lack of an inclination to get paid.  Get paid he will in New England, even though he’s getting $4 million less than he was supposed to be paid.

Come 2015, he’ll get another crack at the open market.  Maybe that’s when he’ll go back to the Jets.

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39 Responses to “Revis tried to play the Jets against the Pats”
  1. viper689 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:41 PM

    Pats won.

  2. elwaysagenius says: Mar 12, 2014 8:41 PM

    Denver is the best team in the AFC. The pats are not going to catch them

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 8:43 PM

    Bizarre deal, going down from $16MM to $12MM and all he can line up is a 1 year deal? This is obviously a multi-year sophisticated play that hasn’t concluded yet. You’d think he could find some team in the NFL that would have outpaid NE, so perhaps he decided just to take a little less for one year to spite NY. Then next year he can go for the money, or extend the spite if he really likes it in NE.

  4. thekingdave says: Mar 12, 2014 8:44 PM

    Did anyone expect anything less from Mevis?

  5. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 12, 2014 8:45 PM

    He signed a contract as a rookie then held out one year later because he wanted to re negotiate. He stayed out until he got his way. I am not impressed with his ethics.

  6. timmons94 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:46 PM

    Revis count your lucky stars u weren’t traded to that dump Cleveland

  7. meatcarroll says: Mar 12, 2014 8:46 PM

    Revis would sign with the ghost of a USFL team if the money was right.

  8. getitrightflorio says: Mar 12, 2014 8:47 PM

    Should be interesting.

  9. truthfactory says: Mar 12, 2014 8:50 PM

    having a shut down corner allows you to do so much more on defense. Good deal for the pats. Should level the playing field a bit, especially if they pick up a WR too.

  10. audge86 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:51 PM

    I think that, as much as he wants to get paid, he really wants to win too.

    He has the rivalry with Sherman. Now sherman has a ring and revis just has a load of $$. He took a short deal to try to win and get his career back on track after wallowing in Tampa Bay for a year. Missed the big stage

  11. seatownballers says: Mar 12, 2014 8:55 PM

    Patriots going 12-4 again

  12. giantboy99 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:56 PM

    Some things never change, some things never change

  13. dukeearl says: Mar 12, 2014 8:56 PM

    Actually if he wanted more money he should have tried to hit up Jerry Jones. Jerry would have given him whatever he wanted in spite of the fact that they have no money under the cap.

  14. GenXJay says: Mar 12, 2014 8:57 PM

    Revis is selfish as Sherman. And maybe as dumb at being self-centered too.

  15. wjmoffatt says: Mar 12, 2014 9:02 PM

    Revis makes the Devil look like a good guy

  16. jchipwood says: Mar 12, 2014 9:03 PM

    Audge86 needs to sober up. If he wanted to win he would had never signed withe bucs. First haynesworth, then johnson, then tebow, now revis. Good pick up considering all the elite qbs and wrs in their division. Im sure you will get your 12 mil worth.

  17. seahawks80 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:03 PM

    I put Revis in the same boat as TO and Moss, all about themselves, neither of them ever won a SB and I hope Revis doesn’t either. It clearly will will not be this year, NE is a good team but Denver is way above everyone in the AFC.

  18. jmblosser82 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:06 PM

    Neither Denver or the Pats will win the SB, Manning chokes too much and the Pats are overrated, they play in a weak division and lack offensive weapons.

  19. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 12, 2014 9:10 PM

    Elway is such a genius that he guaranteed an inferior player who always misses 3-5 games a year (especially come playoff time) 26.5M to play in a state that legalized weed. Enjoy Puff Daddy Donks.

  20. guitarfreak21 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:10 PM

    It’s a weird situation when a “prove it” deal costs 12 million…

  21. bigblu73 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:18 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Mar 12, 2014 8:43 PM
    Bizarre deal, going down from $16MM to $12MM and all he can line up is a 1 year deal? This is obviously a multi-year sophisticated play that hasn’t concluded yet. You’d think he could find some team in the NFL that would have outpaid NE, so perhaps he decided just to take a little less for one year to spite NY. Then next year he can go for the money, or extend the spite if he really likes it in NE.
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    Since you are “THE STRATEGY EXERT” you must know that its completely by design! Of Course Revis could’ve scored a multiyear deal for more “total deal” $$$. But he is once again playing the market. He knows that last year he was in a crap market with games being potentially “blacked out” and was compensated accordingly. This year he will play in arguably the most media visible market for a high caliber organization and get to showcase his talent for next years “big payback”. Thats what you do when you believe in your talent and know that your production and effect on a franchise will speak volumes and speak for itself. He still got about 25% more than any other free agent DB per annum and gets to once again re-negotiate next year when not nearly as many high quality DBs will be free agents. Don’t you find it funny that Kraft said something to the effect that in free agency they “don’t spend all of their money on one cup of porridge”. Putting up a smoke screen that they weren’t interested in Revis, only to dive right in and lock him up literally within hours!!!LMAO They weren’t interested in giving Talib even 9 but gave Revis 12 Mill, that pretty much says it all about how they evaluate his talent. I’m sure Brady(reminiscing on his experiences facing Revis 2X a year) would give his 2 cents on what it was like to face Revis Island. This is a play by Revis to make sure he gets his last big $$$ contract next year after he shuts down the AFC East once again and brings Revis Island to the playoffs. BTW 14 Mill average for 2 years is not too shabby!!!

  22. orapello28 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:22 PM

    This guy amazes me. I have no respect for him what so ever anymore. Ever since year three this guy wanted payday after pay day after pay day. What kills me is he gets it all the time – it’s said he is finding a way to beat a system. I am glad he is not a jet because we have two players that want to play right now. We can now afford a team. I think it’s funny how he “loves” Rex because he can ONLY play in that kind of system- there is not many around. Another reason he is out of Tampa. Stay in New England, I hope it works out but remember you’ll never be known again for a “shutdown” corner. You’ll always be remembered as a money hungry typical NFL superstar. Have fun MEVIS.

  23. sportsnut101 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:22 PM

    How many 1yr deals is he gonna take. How old is he

  24. denverwally says: Mar 12, 2014 9:23 PM

    huge upgrade going from Talib to Revis. In one quick move the Pats have taken all the steam out of Elway’s moves… genius, thats funny. Anyone can spend money, the genius is going from 56 million for an injury prone, sketchy character in Talib to 12 million for the best corner in the game. And they have all the time in the world now to craft any deal that works for both sides, to work within the cap while at the same time paying Revis like the best corner in the game, which he is. The genius in at sea level, not a mile high – speaking of a mile high, Denver had better start drug testing Talib weekly, what with all that legal chronic in colorado. Don’t forget, its still ILLEGAL to the Feds and thats all the NFL cares about.

  25. denverwally says: Mar 12, 2014 9:26 PM

    And Revis will be 29 this season, plenty of good years left in that world class body.
    HIS hip is fine… hear that Aqib?

  26. bigblu73 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:29 PM

    guitarfreak21 says:
    Mar 12, 2014 9:10 PM
    It’s a weird situation when a “prove it” deal costs 12 million….
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    Prove what? Really, after coming back from a ACL and getting named “All Pro”, Pro Bowl, Comeback player of the year, and PFF ranked #1 CB. He still has something to prove??? PUHLEEZE….

  27. nyjetsfan08 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:30 PM

    I don’t see how anyone can dog Revis for trying to make the most money he can. Anybody else with a brain would do the same in his position, especially with a cutthroat business like the NFL. I’m sure if another company offered you $50,000 more, you’d at least consider leaving your current job.

    The man is 29-years old and will have made 28 million between last season and the upcoming one. How many players in the NFL have made 28 million in two years, aside from the current crop of top QBs? Maybe there are a handful, maybe less, maybe none.

  28. sharks123 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:32 PM

    Many fans seem to have no clue that the NFL is a business. The teams are ruthless, the smart players are too.

  29. belicheckisgod says: Mar 12, 2014 9:43 PM

    Whose to say New England wanted to sign him to a multi year deal? They like motivated players. Did the samething with Talib. They got the better player and allowed Denver to over pay. Had they really wanted Talib they would have tagged him for one year. I think they saw this coming, made an offer and all along had Revis as plan B playing for about what tagging Talib this year would have cost. This deal fits this years cap for them. Next year Brady’s restructured deal gives them way more cap space and they could sign him to a longer term deal or tag him. He’s no longer a young corner who can command long term deals. It’s insane Denver gave Talib a six year deal with 26 mil guaranteed. That money is gone even if he only plays 2 seasons in Denver. Dumb. The Revis signing fits the way the Patriots like to do business. You never mortgage the house for one or two players.

  30. robstiles1234 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:47 PM

    I’m glad revis is coming to the pats. May be expensive but he’s a more reliable option then Talib would be on a long term contract

  31. strokinmyego says: Mar 12, 2014 9:56 PM

    Revis is so much better than Talib, Broncos fans have no clue. In fact, they were probably saying Talib was overrated when he was a Pat.

    Watch Talib against Josh Gordon or Steve Smith or Andre Johnson. Roasted by every one of them. He’s never been and never will be anywhere near Revis’s level.

    Revis Island is in Foxboro. What a massive upgrade. And I doubt the Patriots are done yet.

  32. taylormade311 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:01 PM

    Revis would kick his dog for a dollar.

  33. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2014 10:24 PM

    Mercenary. Good career choice!

  34. cashm says: Mar 12, 2014 10:52 PM

    I ahhhhh.. am not really impressed with Revis. I specifically watched a couple of Tampa Bay games last year so I could see this guy in action and I didn’t think he made very much of an impact on the field. I guess if you can get 12m a year there’s really no reason to try to get a long term contract A? Just do 12mil deals every year with a different team. As long as ESPN hypes your skills way over what they actually are… you’re on the gravy train!! Revis has 21 interceptions in seven years. Talib has 23. Sherman has 20 in three years. Champ Bailey’s got 52 in fifteen years.. I would rather have a corner who takes the ball away from the opposing team than one who’s riding the hyperbole-train from the east-coast-media-complex. Just me I guess.

  35. fearthehoody says: Mar 12, 2014 10:55 PM

    rather have Talib to Revis, but Revis is better! I can’t see him being here past a year, he’ll want top dollar and you know how the pats feel about that

  36. guitarfreak21 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:58 PM

    bigblu73 says:
    Mar 12, 2014 9:29 PM
    guitarfreak21 says:
    Mar 12, 2014 9:10 PM
    It’s a weird situation when a “prove it” deal costs 12 million….
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    Prove what? Really, after coming back from a ACL and getting named “All Pro”, Pro Bowl, Comeback player of the year, and PFF ranked #1 CB. He still has something to prove??? PUHLEEZE….
    ____________________________________

    One year deals from high ceiling players are prove it deals, thats just the term for it. He is trying to prove he’s not lost a step from ACL so that he gets more than 12 million next year – he wants his 16 back.

  37. cags777 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:58 PM

    The Patriots know what they’ve gotten themselves in by signing Revis. They better hope Revis doesn’t come back around and take them through the cleaners.

  38. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:54 AM

    This guy plays the system perfectly. I’ve actually come to appreciate his style. He is a mercenary, makes no bones about it, and can get away with being that because he’s a difference-making defender.
    All quality players nearing the end of their rookie contracts should take note. No one can fault you for doing what’s best for you, in a sport whose average career is 3.5 years. The whole idea of a “hometown discount” is absurd.

  39. dynaco says: Mar 13, 2014 11:13 AM

    Somewhere Stevie Smith is smiling.

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